Work. Most would say that it is an essential part of life, but many may not understand the ministry implications work can have. Oftentimes, Christians think of ministry and work as completely separate entities. But what does God think about the topic? How are we connecting our work to God’s work?
Find Your Purpose.
Timothy Keller discusses the topic of work and thoroughly explains what the purpose of work is. We may think of work as a means to an end, but it is so much more than that. His book, “Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work,” is a useful tool in helping you discover the true meaning of work and how God uses you in your work environment.
Change Your Perspective – Change Your Life.
How many times have we felt less inspired by our work? There may be nothing wrong with our opportunities, but rather our perspective may be shifted to where we cannot fully see our purpose. Our all-powerful God can use any opportunity for His will to be done, and work is no exception. Approaching work in a meaningful way can help shift our focus to a ministry oriented vision instead of a for profit mentality. Work pays the bills, of course, but it should never be just about earthly profits.
Think of your co-workers and clients, how can you inspire a positive environment that opens the door to a conversation beyond work? Timothy Keller walks you through making a difference at work in his book. Relating to others in the workplace doesn’t have to be a chore. Christians can connect to non-believers in many ways, and God can direct our paths when we are open to His voice. Don’t over complicate the situation. See it for what it is and use your gifts accordingly.
Connect to God’s Work.
Shift your view from self-service to acts of service. Every engagement, every task, every show of character can be used as a way to connect to God’s work in your own work environment. Create an atmosphere that is inviting and show Christ through your treatment of others and how you handle discouraging situations. Our testimony can shine through even the dimmest of circumstances.
Our vocation (or calling) is an important part of our daily lives. We are at work more than we with our families, more than we attend church, and more than our social lives. It only makes sense that God will use whatever our vocation is to help further the kingdom of God. Rely on Him to help see the opportunities that we have each and every day. By changing our perspective on work we will be able to change the world around us, one work day at a time.